I am a native of Syracuse, NY. I began singing professionally when I was 10 years old. Now a professional opera singer, I have performed many styles of singing in my lifetime including Rock, Pop, Country, Jazz, Non-Western, Musical Theater, and Classical/Opera.
After High School, I moved to Boston and was unsuccessful in launching a career as a folk-rock artist. Working as a kitchen manager at a Boston Chicken restaurant, a friend convinced me to contact a voice teacher at the University of Southern Maine for some voice lessons. At the conclusion of the first lesson I was sent home with sheet music for 2 opera arias along with a CD of Luciano Pavarotti. “Learn these two arias and come back in two weeks.” At my next lesson the teacher said, “You have the voice for opera. You need to go to school and become an opera singer.” And so I did.
Jonathan received his B.A in Vocal Performance from the University of North Texas where he drew accolades from the Wagner and Puccini Society of Dallas for his Rodolfo in La Boheme and his Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. He has performed numerous roles with Syracuse Opera and was their 2008 Artist of the Year. A Charn Uswachoke Competition Scholarship and Texoma Region N.A.T.S. Winner, Mr. Howell toured the lead tenor role of Edoardo in ‘La Cambiale di Matrimonio’ in Venice Italy in collaboration with La Fenice Opera and Steffani Concervatorio. He has performed for regional opera companies across the United States. In concert and recital repertoire, he has performed as tenor soloist in The Mozart Requiem & Coronation Mass, Verdi Requiem, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Carmina Burana, The Bach Magnificat, The St. Matthew Passion, Elijah, The Messiah and Puccini Messa di Gloria. He recently completed a Masters in Vocal Pedagogy from Syracuse University under the direction of Dr. Kathleen Roland-Silverstein and is a voice student of Richard Crawley. He works for the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse as a cantor and performs over 100 funerals and weddings a year. Mr. Howell maintains a private voice studio in the Syracuse area.